[Z-306] | PhD Scholarship, Information Architecture and Forensic Data Analysis

[Z-306] | PhD Scholarship, Information Architecture and Forensic Data Analysis

22 Nov
Swinburne University Of Technology

22 Nov

Swinburne University Of Technology


- Become a leader in the field of emerging digital technologies

- Placement with a leading industry partner

- $34,627 p.a. for up to 3.5 years (full-time, fixed term)

This is an opportunity to undertake your PhD as part of an innovative HDR training program with the Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Information Resilience (CIRES).


The Centre for Information Resilience (CIRES) is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre, established in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Queensland. The Centre aims at building workforce capacity in Australian organisations to create,

protect and sustain agile data pipelines, capable of detecting and responding to failures and risks across the information value chain in which the data is sourced, shared, transformed, analysed and consumed.

Further information about CIRES can be found at www.cires.org.au.

About Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne is a multi-sector university of science, technology, and innovation with more than 54,000 students and 5000 staff globally. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational, and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. Our mission is to be a world-class university, creating economic and social impact through science, technology, and innovation. We aim to deliver future-ready learners, research with impact and innovative enterprise.

About this scholarship

How can we improve information architectures to support more effective data discovery and the responsible sharing of data? What methodologies can best support the effective exchange of information inherent in enterprise information architecture? This PhD research project will investigate how organisations can leverage human & AI/ML approaches to improve the forensic discovery and analysis of organisational data across multiple and complex information architectures.

In the CIRES program, you will work collaboratively with university and industry partner supervisors who are leading research with real world impact. Your research will build on strong foundations of responsible data management, focusing on curating data at scale and building trusted data relationships. Over the period of your degree, you will also undertake a one-year (equivalent) placement with the industry partner, Astral Consulting Services Pty Ltd, and will collaborate and participate in industry-led projects.

This PhD scholarship is based at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. It may also involve some travel to meet with CIRES partner at the University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Candidate background

It is advantageous, but not essential, that applicants have:

- a background in Information Systems, or Enterprise Information Management with a computing science or similar technology background

- a strong interest in technology and the business value of advanced data analytics, AI and machine learning

- previous experience in business analysis, enterprise architecture and/or working with metadata, taxonomies and Information Architecture

Essential Eligibility Criteria

- Meet the entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research at Swinburne University of Technology

- Demonstrated strong social and adaptive communication skills to interact with a range of people from community, industry and the university sector

- Excellent project management and attention to detail

- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a collaborative manner

- Enthusiasm for learning new research and data analysis skills and systems

- Ability to contribute to peer-reviewed academic publications

- Australian citizen or permanent resident, or ability to self-obtain an Australian visa.

- Must be in a position to enrol and commence the PhD candidature by end of February 2022.


All scholarship specific queries can be directed to Dr Paul Scifleet (CIRES) at [email protected]

Terms and conditions

The scholarship will be governed by the Swinburne Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions.

All appointments are subject to a valid Working with Children’s Check; it is a mandatory requirement to have and maintain a current Working with Children Check as well as vaccination against COVID-19 or valid medical exception.

Vaccination Information:

Directions from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer require all Swinburne workers to have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 22 October 2021 and to be fully vaccinated by 26 November 2021, unless they are an Excepted Person as defined by the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions. All applicants must therefore be able to comply with this requirement.

If you require support due to special needs or alternate considerations, please contact Maree Norden Diversity Manager on [email protected] For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact Timothy Werner on [email protected]

Applications close at 5PM AEST Tuesday 30 November 2021

How to apply

To view the position description or to start an application, click on 'apply' or ‘begin’ and submit a resume, cover letter and responses to the Key Selection Criteria as listed in the position description.


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